After inheriting the family men's shoe business, Charlie Price
(Edgerton) has to come to terms with the factory is struggling. After making
a number of redundancies, Charlie still needs to do something to change
the fortunes of the business. The answer comes in the shape of Lola (Ejiofor),
a Drag Queen with a problem, as she can never find a sexy shoe that will
fit her slightly bigger feet properly. Now all that Charlie has to do is
change his factory into one that makes Kinky Boots.
There is one thing that the British film industry can do really
well and that is produce films that put a comedic twist on an against the
odds tale but can 'Kinky Boots' match the other successes?
After movies like 'The Full Monty', 'Waking Ned' and 'Calendar
Girls', the British film industry seems to get it right most of the time
when they bring a real life story to the silver screen. 'Kinky Boots' is
no different. This is another inspirational story of the workingman who
goes against the odds to make things better for not just himself but for
his family, workmates and friends. Add to this some comedic moments and
you have the perfect recipe for a hit movie in the UK as this is the kind
of films that really hit with its homeland audience but while 'Kinky Boots'
definitely has its heart in the right place it is missing the key ingredient
This is a movie that is made to make you feel good and the
tale of the 'Price & Sons' transformation from an ordinary men's shoe factory
into a maker of thigh length boots for men has all the potential to achieve
this but it doesn't quite have the correct fit. Instead of concentrating
on the reaction of the staff at making the 'new' shoes for example, the
film descends into jokes and homophobic remarks aimed at Lola/Simon that
might have actually happened at the time but don't really fit the tone of
the movie. This comes at the expense of Nick Frost, a gifted comedic actor
(see 'Shaun of the Dead' or the TV series 'Spaced') who has to play it straight
and become a character that you shouldn't really like, wasting his talents.
This minor plot point aside, the rest of the film is a heart-warming
tale of success against the odds. At the centre of the movie are two standout
performances from the leading actors. Australian Joel Edgerton is starting
to make a name for himself in the movie industry and his role as Charlie
Price will only make him more noticed. Stealing the entire film however
is an outstanding performance from Britain's best emerging talents Chiwetel
Ejiofor. As drag queen Lola, he commands your attention throughout, with
a multifaceted performance that sees him sing, dance and provide the comedy
for the movie. This is a performance that shows that he is a real talent
in whatever genre he chooses. Add two this good performances from Sarah-Jane
Potts, Jemima Rooper and Linda Bassett and you have a good cast to bring
this inspirational story to life.
'Kinky Boots' is a feel good movie that works but doesn't
have enough laughs to make it a big hit as 'The Full Monty' or 'Calendar
Girls' but it is still a good way of spending 106 minutes.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack,
the transfer is good.
Audio Commentary with director Julian Jarrold and stars Joel Edgerton,
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sarah-Jane Potts
With their second attempt at the commentary, the director and his cast
provide a chatty and fun track. The group talk passionately about the
story, revealing what it was like to actually shoot in a real shoe factory.
They also talk about the changes to the story from the original tale,
highlighting the characters. Chiwetel Ejiofor also talks about his character
and what is was like to be a drag queen. This is a good track that fans
will enjoy listening to.
The Real Kinky Boots Factory (14.33 mins)
Director Julian Jarrold, producers Nick Barton, Peter Ettedgui and Suzanne
Mackie, makeup artist Trfor Proud, costume designer Sammy Sheldon and
stars Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah-Jane Potts, Linda Bassett
and Nick Frost join the original Kinky Boots factory owner Steve Pateman
take you behind the scenes of the movie. Here we learn about the original
story and how the screenplay was changed from the true tale. We also see
how the factory was created and Lola and the drag queens.
Deleted Scenes (7.30 mins)
Entitled 'Are you a Dorothy?', 'Hillside', 'Prettiest Star' and 'Charlie
and Nicola in the factory', these deleted scenes have optional commentary
from director Julian Jarrold
Journey of a Brogue (1.15 mins)
See how a 'Price & Sons' shoe is actually made, as we go through the full
construction of the piece of footwear.
Previews of 'The Brothers Grimm', 'Cinderella Man' and 'Annapolis'
For a low budget, British movie the DVD extras are very good. The featurette
tells you everything you want to know, the deleted scenes are very watchable
and the commentary track is a good listen. Fans should be very pleased.
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